List of Prohibited Articles for Shipping

What Are Prohibited and Restricted Items?

Under applicable law, certain goods may be transported only under prescribed conditions and certain goods are prohibited from transportation by air (ex. liquids in glass containers).

It is the shipper’s responsibility to comply with current government regulations or laws applicable in each country. Shipments are subject to inspection and possible delay by customs or representatives of other government authorities.

We reserve the right to refuse or suspend transportation of any package which does not set out contact details for shipper and receiver and of goods.

We will not transport any goods which are prohibited by law or regulation of any federal, state, or local government in the origin or destination countries or which may breach any applicable export, import or other laws or endanger the safety of our employees, agents and subcontractors or the means of transportation.

Prohibited and Restricted Items

Any shipment that is prohibited by applicable law or regulation including any federal, state, provincial, or local government in the origin or destination country will not be transported by UPS.

U.S. Tariff Terms and Conditions
Country Specific Terms and Conditions

Please Note: It is the responsibility of the Shipper to ensure that a Shipment tendered to UPS, and any UPS Shipping System entry that the Shipper prepares for that Shipment, does not violate any federal, state, provincial, or local laws or regulations applicable to the Shipment.

Prohibited Items

Examples of articles prohibited by UPS include but are not limited to:

  • Shipments prohibited by law
  • Bank bills, notes or currency (Other than coin)
  • Common fireworks
  • Hazardous waste or hazardous waste service
  • Human remains, fetal remains, human body parts, human embryos, or components thereof
  • Ivory
  • Marijuana, including marijuana intended for medicinal use
  • Postage stamps
  • Shark fins
  • Vape products within, to, or from the U.S

Also prohibited are: Goods moving under ATA Carnet and all temporary exports and imports; goods moving under FCR, FCT and CAD (Cash Against Document); shipments with inherent vice, which by their nature are likely to soil, impair or damage persons, merchandise, or equipment; goods, the carriage of which is prohibited by law in the country of origin, transit, or destination (such as ivory); goods which attract excise duty, or which require special facilities, safety precautions or permits.

For more information and access to the full list of Prohibited and Restricted Items: UPS Tariff Terms and Conditions of Service

How To Ship Special Care or Regulated Items

Find out how to handle items that are regulated or shipments that require special care when packaging by visiting our special-care shipments page.

Prohibited Item Fee

UPS does not agree to carry any prohibited articles. Without prejudice to any other provision in these terms or the UPS Terms and Conditions of Carriage, if it comes to the attention of UPS that a package contains any prohibited article, you must pay to UPS an additional minimum administration fee of US $150 in addition to any other applicable charges. Payment by you of such fee does not in any way limit or exclude your liability to UPS resulting from the breach of the UPS Terms and Conditions of Carriage nor does it mean that UPS accepts any liability, or waives any rights, in respect of such prohibited articles.

Not all commodities can be shipped to all countries.

For more information contact your local UPS office.


Under no circumstances may a Shipper sell any UPS­ provided materials, products, or services to any third party without prior written authorization from UPS.

UPS­ provided materials including, but not limited to, packaging materials and supplies, envelopes, labels, label printers, shipping documents, publications and products are provided solely for the use of UPS Shippers to obtain UPS services on their behalf and to interact with UPS. Any other use of such UPS­ provided materials is strictly prohibited.

UPS account holders are prohibited from permitting the use of their UPS accounts by any third party to process or tender a Shipment to UPS without prior written approval from UPS. UPS account holders are also prohibited from using their UPS accounts to process or tender a Shipment to UPS on behalf of any third party without prior written approval from UPS

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Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials

Must be shipped in accordance with the UPS Guide for Shipping Ground and Air Hazardous Materials.

UPS Prohibits the following Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Material in our global network:

  • No hazardous waste
  • No fully regulated dangerous good in return services
  • Shipments at UPS Customer Centers, Third-Party Retailers, or UPS Access Point® locations

Hazardous waste, defined as a solid waste that meets any of the criteria of hazardous waste as described in Title 40 C.F.R. § 261.3 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and any pertinent local regulations.

Fully regulated refers to any dangerous goods/hazardous material shipment that is required by regulations to be accompanied by a Dangerous Goods Shippers Declaration, Hazardous Material Shipping Paper, or an equivalent document under TDG, ADR or other regulations.

Please note: It is prohibited to tender shipments (including pre-processed drop offs) to a Third-Party Retailer or UPS Access Point® location containing any hazardous materials requiring shipping papers/shippers declaration, firearms, or ammunition. These prohibitions also apply to shipments delivered to a Third-Party Retailer or UPS Access Point loca­tion, except for ammunition that satisfies all requirements for the shipment of ammunition set forth in Section 3.6.2 (“Ammunition”), including qualifying for the exception for Limited Quantity/packages.

Cross-Border Shipping

Proactively managing imports and exports saves time and prevents problems down the road. We offer a suite of online tools called UPS TradeAbility, which not only helps you understand and comply with trade regulations, but also helps determine the cost of your international shipments from the get-go.

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